The Info List - Monte Kiffin

Monte Kiffin
Monte Kiffin
(born February 29, 1940) is an American football
American football
coach. He is currently a defensive assistant at Florida Atlantic for his sons, Lane Kiffin
Lane Kiffin
(HC) and Chris Kiffin (DC). He is widely considered to be one of the preeminent defensive coordinators in modern football, as well as one of the greatest defensive coordinators in NFL history.[1] Father of the widely imitated “Tampa Cover 2” defense, Kiffin's concepts are among the most influential in modern college and pro football.[2] Before taking the role as Dallas Cowboys
Dallas Cowboys
defensive coordinator, Kiffin served as assistant head coach for the University of Southern California where his son Lane Kiffin
Lane Kiffin
was named head coach on January 12, 2010, and before that he served under his son as the defensive coordinator at the University of Tennessee.[3] Possibly due to the mounting pressure on his son's poor coaching records, on November 29, 2012, Kiffin resigned from his position to pursue other opportunities in the NFL.[4] He previously served 26 years as an NFL assistant coach, including 13 years as defensive coordinator for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, with whom he won Super Bowl
Super Bowl
XXXVII. His defensive units have finished ranked in the top 10 in points allowed and yards allowed 10 times during that period, an NFL record.[5] Kiffin was paid about $1.2 million per year by Tennessee,[6] which made him the highest paid assistant coach in college football. He earned a reported $2 million annual salary from the Buccaneers[6] and has turned down several NFL head coaching jobs during his career.[1] To this day, Kiffin's only head coaching job was at North Carolina State University from 1980 to 1982.


1 Career 2 Defensive philosophy 3 Personal life 4 Coaching tree 5 Head coaching record 6 References 7 Further reading 8 External links

Career[edit] A native of Lexington, Nebraska, Kiffin was an offensive and defensive tackle at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln
University of Nebraska–Lincoln
from 1959 to 1963. In 1966, he played 8 games with the Toronto Rifles of the Continental Football League and also was a member of the Brooklyn Dodgers of the same league. After a brief stint as a defensive end for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, Kiffin returned to Nebraska as a defensive coach. Kiffin was the defensive coordinator at Nebraska under legendary coach, Bob Devaney. He coached the defenses of Nebraska's 1970 and 1971 back-to-back undefeated national champion teams. After then offensive coordinator Tom Osborne
Tom Osborne
was selected as the head coach in 1973, Monte stayed as the defensive coordinator for four years. In 1977, he moved to the University of Arkansas, and then in 1980, he got his one and only head coaching job at North Carolina State University. After his time at NC State, Kiffin began a series of short stints in the NFL for the Green Bay Packers, Buffalo Bills, Minnesota Vikings (twice), New York Jets, and New Orleans Saints. In 1996, he became the defensive coordinator for the Buccaneers.[7] After Tony Dungy
Tony Dungy
was dismissed by the Buccaneer front office following the 2001 season, Kiffin was persuaded by incoming head coach Jon Gruden to remain in Tampa and continue to run his defense. Kiffin had been interviewed for a head coaching position with the San Francisco 49ers. With the seamless transition on defense allowing the new coaching staff to focus intently on a more potent offensive philosophy, the result was an immediate balance between offense and defense that carried the Buccaneers to the organization's first championship in Super Bowl
Super Bowl
XXXVII on January 26, 2003 in San Diego, California. Controversy has surrounded Kiffin's departure from Tampa Bay. After Lane Kiffin
Lane Kiffin
signed with Tennessee, Tampa's typically stout defense underperformed. The Bucs lost their final four games of the 2008 season, ending up 9–7, and missed the playoffs. Reports stated that Gruden refused to allow Kiffin to announce his departure to Tennessee mid-season. Allegations were made that Kiffin refused to participate in normal coaching meetings. Neither Kiffin nor Jon Gruden
Jon Gruden
have openly discussed these events. Monte joined the University of Southern California
University of Southern California
coaching staff as defensive coordinator, after his son Lane Kiffin
Lane Kiffin
became the head coach.[8] On January 11, 2013, following the 2012-13 NFL regular season, Kiffin was hired as Defensive Coordinator for the Dallas Cowboys.[9] Kiffin was demoted on January 28, 2014 in favor of defensive line coach Rod Marinelli. At the end of the 2014 season Kiffin's contract was allowed to lapse, and it was not renewed by the Cowboys.[10] Kiffin joined the Jacksonville Jaguars
Jacksonville Jaguars
as a defensive assistant in March 2016.[11] Defensive philosophy[edit]

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Monte Kiffin
Monte Kiffin
is the mastermind behind the Tampa 2
Tampa 2
scheme, which is a slight modification of Tony Dungy's Cover 2. His defensive philosophy has several hallmarks.

Speed over size and strength. Coordinators that employ Kiffin-style defenses will often replace linebackers with safeties in order to put more speed on the field. In particular, linebackers must be able to cover receivers; in the Tampa 2
Tampa 2
scheme, one linebacker frequently drops back deep into coverage, turning what looks like a Cover 2 defense into a Cover 3. Kiffin's defenses also employ quick, penetrating defensive tackles. Preventing scores over preventing yardage. A Kiffin coordinator doesn't care how many yards an offense gains, as long as the team doesn't score, an approach known as bend-but-don't-break. Multiple defenses from one look. Kiffin-style defenses try to use the same personnel (or the same kind of personnel) at all times, so that the offense cannot adjust its play call based on the alignment of the defensive personnel. Attacking and causing turnovers. Kiffin-style defenses focus on getting the ball away from the offense by stripping the ball away from the ball carrier or reading the quarterback to make an interception. The risk is that if the ball is not stripped or intercepted, then the ball carrier on offense has a better chance of gaining more yards or scoring; the reward is that the offensive drive is stopped without a score more often, frequently giving good field position.

Personal life[edit] Kiffin's sons are both football coaches. Elder son, Lane Kiffin, played football at Fresno State before entering coaching: becoming the head coach of the Oakland Raiders, Tennessee Volunteers, and USC Trojans, the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for the Alabama Crimson Tide and is currently the head coach of Florida Atlantic University. Younger son, Chris Kiffin, played football for Colorado State and is now the "Pass Rush Specialist" coach for the San Francisco 49ers.[12] Coaching tree[edit] Assistant coaches under Monte Kiffin
Monte Kiffin
who became NCAA head coaches:

Greg Robinson: Syracuse (2005–2008)

Pete Carroll: Southern California (2001-2009)

Head coaching record[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs

NC State Wolfpack (Atlantic Coast Conference) (1980–1982)

1980 NC State 6–5 3–3 3rd

1981 NC State 4–7 2–4 5th

1982 NC State 6–5 3–3 T–3rd

NC State: 16–17 8–10

Total: 16–17


^ a b Mullen, Bryan (2008-12-15). "Kiffin's dad enjoys sterling reputation". The Tennessean. [permanent dead link] ^ Shelton, Gary (2008-12-28). " Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin
Monte Kiffin
is worthy of fame". St. Petersburg Times. Archived from the original on 2011-06-06.  ^ ESPN.com: Kiffin named Vols coach after school's first national search ^ [1] ^ Cummings, Roy (2008-12-14). "Kiffin Confirms He's Leaving Bucs For Tennessee". The Tampa Tribune.  ^ a b New football staff costs UT more than $5.3M ^ http://www.utsports.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/kiffin_monte00.html ^ Evans, Thayer (2010-01-13). "USC Football: Kiffin, on the move, is a man of Troy". San Francisco Chronicle. The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-02-22.  ^ Kavner, Rowan. " Monte Kiffin
Monte Kiffin
Officially Hired As Cowboys' D-Coordinator". DallasCowboys.com. Retrieved 2013-01-13.  ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-09-08. Retrieved 2015-09-20.  ^ Orr, Conor (March 21, 2016). "Jaguars hire defensive coaching legend Monte Kiffin". nfl.com. Retrieved March 21, 2016.  ^ Chris Kiffin, olemisssports.com, accessed January 22, 2013.

Further reading[edit]

Shelton, Gary (August 18, 2009). "For former Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin, it's still game on". St. Petersburg Times. Archived from the original on September 5, 2009. 

External links[edit]

USC profile

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NC State Wolfpack head football coaches

Perrin Busbee (1892) Bart Gatling (1893–1895) Perrin Busbee (1896–1897) W. C. Riddick
W. C. Riddick
(1898–1899) John McKee (1900–1901) Art Devlin (1902–1903) Willis Kienholz
Willis Kienholz
(1904) George S. Whitney
George S. Whitney
(1905) Willie Heston
Willie Heston
(1906) Mickey Whitehurst (1907–1908) Edward L. Greene
Edward L. Greene
(1909–1913) Jack Hegarty (1914–1915) Britain Patterson (1916) Harry Hartsell
Harry Hartsell
(1917) Tal Stafford
Tal Stafford
(1918) Bill Fetzer
Bill Fetzer
(1919–1920) Harry Hartsell
Harry Hartsell
(1921–1923) Buck Shaw
Buck Shaw
(1924) Gus Tebell
Gus Tebell
(1925–1929) John Van Liew
John Van Liew
(1930) John "Clipper" Smith
John "Clipper" Smith
(1931–1933) Heartley Anderson
Heartley Anderson
(1934–1936) Williams Newton
Williams Newton
(1937–1943) Beattie Feathers
Beattie Feathers
(1944–1951) Horace Hendrickson
Horace Hendrickson
(1952–1953) Earle Edwards
Earle Edwards
(1954–1970) Al Michaels (1971) Lou Holtz
Lou Holtz
(1972–1975) Bo Rein (1976–1979) Monte Kiffin
Monte Kiffin
(1980–1982) Tom Reed (1983–1985) Dick Sheridan (1986–1992) Mike O'Cain (1993–1999) Chuck Amato (2000–2006) Tom O'Brien (2007–2012) Dana Bible # (2012) Dave Doeren (2013– )

Pound sign (#) denotes interim head coach.

Monte Kiffin—championships, awards, and honors

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1970 Nebraska Cornhuskers football—AP national champions

Joe Blahak Doug Dumler Rich Glover Willie Harper Larry Jacobson Carl Johnson Dave Mason Monte Johnson Jeff Kinney Bob Newton Bill Olds Johnny Rodgers Jerry Tagge Keith Wortman

Head coach: Bob Devaney

Assistant coaches: Monte Kiffin Tom Osborne Warren Powers Carl Selmer

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1971 Nebraska Cornhuskers football—consensus national champions

Joe Blahak Burton Burns Maury Damkroger Doug Dumler John Dutton Rich Glover Willie Harper David Humm Larry Jacobson Carl Johnson Monte Johnson Jeff Kinney Dave Mason Bill Olds Tom Pate Johnny Rodgers Jerry Tagge Don Westbrook Keith Wortman

Head coach: Bob Devaney

Assistant coaches: Monte Kiffin Tom Osborne Warren Powers Carl Selmer Jim Walden

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Super Bowl
Super Bowl
XXXVII champions

7 Martín Gramática 9 Tom Tupa 10 Shaun King 11 Rob Johnson 14 Brad Johnson 19 Keyshawn Johnson 20 Ronde Barber 23 Jermaine Phillips 25 Brian Kelly 26 Dwight Smith 27 Aaron Stecker 30 Darian Barnes 31 Tim Wansley 32 Michael Pittman 34 Dexter Jackson (MVP) 35 Corey Ivy 36 Travis Stephens 38 John Howell 40 Mike Alstott 41 Daniel Wilcox 43 Jameel Cook 45 Mike Solwold 47 John Lynch 51 Alshermond Singleton 52 Nate Webster 53 Shelton Quarles 54 Idris Price 55 Derrick Brooks 56 Ryan Nece 58 Jack Golden 59 Justin Smith 60 Cosey Coleman 62 Jeff Christy 64 Dan Goodspeed 65 Russ Hochstein 66 Ryan Benjamin 67 Kenyatta Walker 68 Morris Unutoa 71 Kerry Jenkins 72 Roman Oben 74 Cornell Green 75 Lomas Brown 77 Todd Washington 80 Todd Yoder 81 Charles Lee 81 Marco Battaglia 83 Joe Jurevicius 84 Reggie Barlow 85 Ken Dilger 86 Karl Williams 87 Keenan McCardell 88 Rickey Dudley 89 Casey Crawford 90 Buck Gurley 91 Chuck Darby 92 Anthony McFarland 93 DeVone Claybrooks 94 Greg Spires 95 Ron Warner 96 Ellis Wyms 97 Simeon Rice 98 Corey Smith 99 Warren Sapp -- Onome Ojo -- T. T. Toliver

Head coach: Jon Gruden

Coaches: Joe Barry Jeremy Bates Richard Bisaccia Michael Christianson Jay Gruden Monte Kiffin Richard Mann Rod Marinelli Raheem Morris Bill Muir Johnny Parker Stan Parrish Mike Tomlin Art Valero Kirby Wilson

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Minnesota Vikings
Minnesota Vikings
1964 NFL draft selections

Carl Eller Hal Bedsole George Rose Tom Keating John Kirby Bob Lacey Wes Bryant Bill McWatters Darrell Lester H. O. Estes Sandy Sands Russ Vollmer Tom Michel Monte Kiffin Carlton Oats Jerry McClurg Carl Robinson Dick Schot